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from the Dean

Dear Shareholders: The Cameron School of Business welcomed 2,864 undergraduate and graduate business students to the 2019-20 academic year. As we embark on this new school year, we are filled with anticipation and excitement. Our enrollment numbers are up, our graduate programs are operating at full capacity, faculty research is at its highest level, and our scholarship funds are on the increase. Our online MBA program and undergraduate business programs have garnered fantastic rankings. This is great stuff! While meeting with prospective students to talk about the highlights of the business school, we are often asked “Why major in business?” The short answer to that question is that business is a very broad and practical field of study. Business activity affects everyone’s daily life. Consider all of the things you did prior to reading this edition of the Cameron Insider: All of your activities up to this point have a “business” side to them – driving, working and checking emails, among other daily activities. A student not knowing what he or she wants to do is not a hindrance with a business degree; students can specialize in an area that fits their personality, their interests and their career goals. The major exposes the student to all business concepts, strategies and situations. The diversity and abundance of careers with a business degree is what appeals to most students, and the opportunity to provide products that make a difference in the lives of others offers a great sense of personal reward. Business is also one of the highest-paying majors. According to U.S. News & World Report, business-degree holding employees held six of the top 25 best-paying jobs in America in 2019, second only to those in the medical field, and they rank among engineers and lawyers.

“Take the median lifetime earnings of business majors, the most popular undergraduate degree,” a 2017 article in the New York Times read. “The typical graduate earns $2.86 million over a lifetime.” In the CSB, our May 2019 graduates report record entrylevel salaries. That’s one reason my own daughter has signed up to be a CSB Seahawk. Finally, skills from the business world are easily transferrable to affecting your local community. Since most entities, including nonprofit organizations, are based on basic business foundations, business students can make an impact on the lives of others by participating in meeting civic needs, serving in leadership roles in volunteer organizations and solving problems within the community. These are all great reasons to pursue a business degree; however, the most important one is finding your passion and exploring all of its possibilities. The average person spends about 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, making career decisions a very thoughtful, intimate process. Our toils should be fun and rewarding. Have a great time reading the Insider, and please attend homecoming or another UNCW function this year. If you are interested in improving the CSB or by giving the gift of education to another person via a scholarship, visit csb.uncw.edu/development/giving.html.

Go Seahawks!

Rob Burrus

CAMERON RECEIVES $10 MILLION GIFT.....................................2 ANNOUNCING THE MARY AND ELWOOD WALKER LECTURE HALL...............................................................................4

Rob Burrus Dean

CAMERON GRADUATE SITS DOWN WITH WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS...........................................................................6

David Glew Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

KOHL’S FROZEN CUSTARD: A RAPID RECOVERY SUCCESS STORY...........................................................................8

Nivine Richie Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and External Programs

DR. ALLISON EVANS RECEIVES NCACPA’S OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD........................................................................9

Richard Walsh Director, Swain Center for Executive and Professional Education

THE BENEFITS OF APPLIED LEARNING.....................................10 PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE...................................................12 FEARS OR DESIRES: FORECASTING THE FUTURE...................13 ON THE PATH TO A CAREER IN FINANCE.................................14 CAMERON’S 2019 OUTSTANDING ALUMNI...............................16 FACULTY AND STAFF UPDATES..................................................17 CAMERON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS RANKINGS........................20 NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS BY DEPARTMENT..............................21 DHG AND EY CONTINUE FUNDING FOR FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS............................................................BACK COVER

Bill Sackley Director, BB&T Center for Global Capitalism and Ethics Editorial Team Sara Kesler, Editor Jennifer Glatt, Editorial Director Graphic Design Shirl New Photography Jeff Janowski Contributors Allison Evans Mary Ann Fearing Venita Jenkins Adam Jones Sara Kesler Christina Schechtman Richard Walsh We invite your comments and suggestions. Please send correspondence to the UNCW Cameron School of Business, Dean’s Office, 100 Cameron Hall, Wilmington, NC 28403-5920 or to Dean Rob Burrus at burrusr@uncw.edu.

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Cameron Receives


Million Gift from

David S. Congdon, Largest in University History


hen UNCW approached David Congdon ’78 about establishing a new school within the Cameron School of Business, Congdon said the idea sent “shivers up his spine.”

“I always wanted to do something for UNCW, but I didn’t know what,” said Congdon, executive chairman of the board at Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. “The idea of a school that was right in my bailiwick of supply chain, analytics and information technology, to have my name on a program and my name on a building, is pretty near and dear to me.” In December, Congdon and his wife, Helen, made a $10 million gift commitment to the university, the largest in university history. The gift will be used to establish the David S. Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems. The Computer Information Systems Building will be rededicated as David S. Congdon Hall. “I am hopeful that members of my management team and I can help craft this program into one of the leading supply chain programs in the country,” he said.


The Congdons’ gift will have a substantial impact in facilitating scholarships and professorships; providing research support; creating and maintaining corporate sponsorships; advancing program technology and equipment; and making capital improvements to the Computer Information Systems Building. David Congdon graduated from UNCW in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was named the 2008 Cameron School of Business Alumnus of the Year. He has spent his entire career, which began when he was a teenager and continued after graduation, with Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. The company was founded in Richmond, VA, in 1934 by his grandparents. Its headquarters was relocated to High Point, NC, in the early ’60s, where the Congdon family has resided since. Congdon said he would have never have dreamed he would be in the position he is in today. Shortly after graduating from UNCW, he attended the NC Truck Driver Training School in Raleigh, and over the past 46 years has worked in various positions at Old Dominion Freight Line from dockworker, truck driver and mechanic to various executive positions. In 2008, he was named CEO of the company, and he currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board. Congdon has been recognized in the Triad and by Fortune magazine for his business and community leadership, and he serves on a number of community and industry boards.

To me, a college degree is a learner’s permit to go out in the world and try to make your mark and build your career around your field of study.

“I didn’t do it by myself. We didn’t achieve the success of Old Dominion by ourselves,” he continued. “It takes the whole team; the whole Dominion family deserves the glory and the credit for this gift,” he said. Congdon noted that the desire to give back goes back to his parents, Earl and Kitty Congdon. “My parents really ingrained in me, my two sisters and the next generations of the family the importance of philanthropy,” he said. “It’s a family culture.” Today, the company employs 23,000 people nationwide. His success sometimes comes as a surprise. He didn’t apply himself when he was a student at UNCW, Congdon said.

“I think back on the day of graduation. My parents came, and we were sitting there, and my mother said, ‘You think they are going to call your name?’ I said, ‘I checked and my name was on the list,’” he said with a laugh. “To me, a college degree is a learner’s permit to go out in the world and try to make your mark and build your career around your field of study,” he continued. Congdon sees the establishment of the school as an opportunity for him to pass on his knowledge to future generations of Seahawks, as well as the start of a new and exciting chapter in his life. “I would love to have conversations with students, answer their questions, be helpful and share my knowledge and my experiences,” he said. “I am looking forward to it. I think it is going to be fun.”

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Mary and Elwood Walker Lecture Hall


or more than 20 years, Elwood and Mary Walker have generously given their time, talent and treasure to UNCW’s Cameron School of Business. Their involvement has enriched their lives and the lives of others.

“We’ve been able to work as a team on projects while giving back to the community, which is important,” said Mary. “We’re happier, and we’re making a difference.” The Walkers, who met in 1990 and married two years later, have been involved in various UNCW committees and enjoy taking classes in history, religion, philosophy and marine science. Elwood retired from Price Waterhouse Consulting and currently holds a seat on the CSB Executive Advisory Board, which supports the growth and development of the CSB’s educational programs. Mary


focused most of her career in the travel industry, first working for a large agency in Houston and then managing her own agencies. She and Elwood both serve as mentors for the Cameron Executive Network, a volunteer mentor network dedicated to enhancing the education and career development of CSB students and alumni. “It’s an intellectual environment that Mary and I enjoy participating in. It gives us a community of like-minded people that we interact with,” Elwood says. “We have developed friendships that are very important to us.” The Walkers recently made a significant contribution to the university to support their two existing scholarships, the Elwood Walker Fellowship Endowment and the Mary McDuffie Walker Scholarship, and to create the Elwood and Mary Walker CSB Support Fund.

STATS The Elwood Walker Fellowship Endowment, established in 1994, is a merit scholarship awarded to a student admitted into the Masters of Science in Accountancy Program. The Mary McDuffie Walker Scholarship, established in 1998, is a general merit scholarship awarded to a rising junior or senior in CSB. Through these awards, more than 45 Seahawks have been personally impacted by the generosity of the Walkers. Elwood, in particular, was inspired to give back to UNCW students because of the assistance he received while pursuing his business degrees. The one thing he asks scholarship recipients to do is create a scholarship to help another generation when they are financially able. In recognition of these gifts and the Walker’s longstanding commitment to the university, the lecture auditorium in Cameron Hall 105 has been rededicated as the Mary and Elwood Walker Lecture Hall. UNCW is grateful to the Walkers for their leadership and incredible generosity. Because of donors like them, UNCW is able to provide bright and deserving students with an exceptional education.

230 presenters of which 105 are CSB alumni

2 days 130 sessions approximately


undergraduate and graduate students attended


Cameron Graduate Sits Down with Women’s World Cup Champions


s a proud UNCW Cameron School of Business student and Cameron Executive Network mentee, Phoebe Mroczek ’08 had different aspirations than many of her classmates. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, the Seahawk soccer player hung up her cleats midway through her career to pursue a more unconventional path. “Leaving my UNCW teammates was the hardest decision I’d had to make up until that point,” Mroczek recalled, “but when you’ve been playing for fifteen years, the game never actually leaves you. It’s just such a huge piece of who you are, and I knew I’d circle back eventually.”


But first, she set her sights on gaining more international experience. Her strong academic focus, years as a Seahawk and three semesters of studying abroad became both the foundation and catalyst to a successful entrepreneurial calling and a conversation that would change the trajectory of her career. Thus, it was no surprise when she booked a one-way flight to Taiwan a year after graduation. This led her to a number of corporate roles: speechwriter for the United Nations Development Program China; Director of International Affairs for the International Finance Forum in Beijing; Retail Marketing Manager for CBRE in Asia Pacific; Micro-Financing Strategist in Cambodia; and agricultural researcher for Farm Radio International in Tanzania. These periods of corporate work were punctuated by adventure. When she walked into her new apartment in Berlin, Germany, exhausted after a 90-day motorcycle trip across Europe, she knew it was time to flex her entrepreneurial muscles. “I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. I had a stationery stand and scrunchie business before the age of 10,” Mroczek said with a laugh. “Throughout my time at CSB and as a CEN mentee, I was always encouraged to develop my entrepreneurial skills inside the classroom. Then, I’d go out and put my knowledge to the test in the real world as I built a small cosmetic business. I credit a lot of my success to the faculty at UNCW who supported my lofty entrepreneurial dreams.” She spent the next few years building a sixfigure online business that helped established entrepreneurs refine their paid advertising and marketing strategies, and eventually stumbled into podcasting.

“In the middle of an episode talking about going after your dreams, I realized I was living mine,” she smiled. “I’d wanted to be a talk show host since I was a kid!” She credits her loyal listeners as the reason she has experienced so much success with her show, “Unbecoming,” a podcast and nationally syndicated radio show that reaches 340,000+ listeners per month from 40+ countries, 18 AM/FM stations in 20 cities nationwide. Eager to take her media talent to the next level, she circled back to where it all began. After nearly six months of email correspondence, she confirmed an in-person interview with soccer legends Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tish Venturini-Hoch. “Truthfully, it was a perfect storm: I’m a former Division 1 soccer player, the 2019 Women’s World Cup was fast approaching, they wanted to promote their Team First Academy and I have a large platform to support that. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Mroczek flew to Atlanta to meet and talk with the former Olympians. “To say it was a dream come true would be an understatement. I had an incredible opportunity to give back to the women who truly changed my life,” she exclaimed. Unsurprisingly, the episode drew record numbers as it nearly went viral and is still shared on a daily basis. “Many listeners wrote in to our team about how lucky I am to have had that experience, but I don’t believe in luck,” she said. “Sure, many people and factors played a role and I’m beyond grateful for that, but truthfully, I’ve worked really hard for this. I’ve spent years pushing through my own limiting beliefs, not to mention haters and harsh judgments from people around me. It hasn’t always been comfortable. In fact, most of it hasn’t, but it’s totally worth it. I’m proud of where we are with the show, and can’t wait for what’s next!”

Listen to the episode: www.unbecomingpodcast.com/teamfirst Learn more about Phoebe Mroczek: www.phoebemroczek.com Follow her adventures on Instagram: www.instagram.com/phoebemroczek


Kohl’s Frozen Custard: A Rapid Recovery Success Story Matt Smith ’15 knew he was in for a challenge when he bought a popular Wrightsville Beach frozen custard shop—during hurricane season. Smith, a 26-year-old from Raleigh, owns Kohl’s Frozen Custard, a

“We hit the ground running at the busiest time of the year,” he said.

beachside eatery with craveable flavors such as Death by Chocolate

“And ten weeks later, the hurricane happened. I had to navigate owning

and Cookies & Cream. Kohl’s is a Wrightsville Beach institution, popular among families who have stopped in for a cold treat since the location opened in the late 1990s. When the previous owner was looking to retire, he found a buyer in Smith, who had worked at Kohl’s in his early 20s before moving on to other restaurant industry jobs.“I wanted to work for myself,” Smith said. “I realized that I had a knack

it for two months, then I had to navigate a natural disaster.” The hurricane Smith referred to was Hurricane Florence, which battered Wrightsville Beach on September 14. Smith and his fiancée, Tania Varela, were forced to evacuate, along with thousands of their neighbors, and didn’t know the fate of their business for more than a

for it and that this is more or less what I was meant to do.”

week. Finally, after days of agonizing wait, they came back onto the

With the assistance of UNCW’s Small Business and Technology

ruined from a rip in the roof that allowed water to pour in,” Smith said.

Development Center operating in conjunction with the Cameron

On top of that, the storm effectively ended the tourist season for the

School of Business, Smith was able to buy the business and assume

calendar year and beyond.

ownership on July 1, 2018.


island to survey the damage. “My whole portion of the building was

“I was expecting an offseason,” he said. “I just wasn’t expecting a seven-month offseason.” As Smith began the cleanup, he turned to his advisor Gloria Monroe from UNCW’s SBTDC. The SBTDC is one of North Carolina’s leading resources for small and mid-size businesses. Following Hurricane Florence, the SBTDC collaborated with other local and federal partners to provide recovery assistance to area businesses affected by the storm. Assistance included developing recovery strategies as well as access to capital to support immediate cleanup costs and longer-term recovery from physical damage and economic losses.

Dr. Allison Evans Receives NCACPA’s Outstanding Educator Award Dr. Allison Evans, EY Faculty Fellow and associate professor of taxation in the Department of Accountancy and Business Law, received the 2018-19 Outstanding Educator Award from the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She received this honor at the NCACPA’s centennial awards banquet held in Raleigh on May 2, 2019. Dr. Evans was selected for this award based on her innovation in teaching, her accomplished research record, and her commitment to advising and mentoring students. In recognition of this achievement, the NCACPA will award a $1,000 scholarship to an accounting student at UNCW in the 2019-20 academic year.

Monroe informed Smith of Thread Capital’s Rapid Recovery loan program, designed to support small businesses dealing with disaster recovery. “It really floated me through this whole process,” he said of the recovery loan, “and allowed me to have capital to navigate the first few months after the storm.” Smith and Varela did most of the demolition work themselves, choosing to leverage the storm as a chance to kick-start a planned renovation to modernize the space. “We were really given an opportunity to re-do the entire store.” They painted, added new flooring and updated the fixtures. By the spring of 2019, Smith was still finishing the repairs and was anxious to open his doors for the impending tourist season. “We were just ready to be open,” he said. But that anticipation wasn’t just for himself. Smith was eager to hire his seasonal employees, many of whom are UNCW students, and to once again be a part of his customers’ family traditions. He’s even contemplating opening a second location in a few years. “I have a huge sense of pride now, being a business owner,” he said, “especially in a location that has been here over 20 years. The storm didn’t destroy our business.” Kohl’s Frozen Custard reopened for business after the post-hurricane renovations on April 22, 2019. As it turns out, Kohl’s is not the only business on the block owned by a UNCW alum. Just next door you will find the also newly renovated and reopened South Beach Grill, co-owned and operated by Cameron alumna Elaine Andrews. For more information about how the SBTDC can assist your small business, visit www.sbtdc.org/uncw.

Dr. Evans is one of two professors who share responsibility for the undergraduate and tax offerings and the tax services track in UNCW’s Master of Science in Accountancy program. Graduating undergraduates regularly name Dr. Evans as an “Impact Professor” for the positive effect she has had on their education. In addition, Dr. Evans has received the Outstanding Faculty Member award as selected by the graduating MSA class multiple times. In the 13 years since she earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Dr. Evans has published 16 articles in quality journals. Her work aims to inform decision-making by individuals, businesses and tax professionals, and it delves into the details of tax legislation and regulations, strategies for taxpayers, and the impact of tax policy on organizations and society. Dr. Evans’ research findings have been recognized and cited in multiple national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, Fortune, and US News and World Report. Consistent with the high level of student engagement exhibited across the faculty of the Cameron School of Business, Dr. Evans has made a significant personal investment in helping our students attain internships with the public accounting firms. She is beginning her fourth year as the MSA internship director in 2019, she has grown the number of students participating in the program, and innovated new recruiting opportunities and new ways to engender student interest. Dr. Evans participates in numerous after-hours recruiting and networking events where she supports students and builds relationships with practicing professionals.

Sara Kesler, External Programs

Top Row (Left to Right): Brad Allison, Ashton Russell, Garrett Wade, Sam Struhsaker, Vaughn Burgess, Ben McNair, Caleb Kuhne, Luke Haigh • Bottom Row (L to R): Dr. Adam Jones, Dr. Ed Graham, Alina Ramos-Ruiz, Annie Edmonston, Marite Felix-Cubero, Paula Maudos-Gumbau, Dr. Danny Soques

The Benefits of

Applied Learning


n important attribute of the Cameron School of Business is the opportunity it offers for applied learning. Applied

One significantly impactful applied

research thesis. One challenging aspect

learning experience available is the

for the students working to accomplish

pursuit of department-specific University

this accolade is maintaining motivation

Honors. The University Honors program

throughout the year, or more, that a

requires students to complete a robust,

student dedicates to it. To solve this,

challenging curriculum as well as

Dr. Adam Jones, Dr. Ethan Watson and

complete an honors research paper

Dr. Daniel Soques hosted a cohort of

within their discipline under faculty

students for coffee and bagels every

mentorship. Ultimately, the research

Friday morning to discuss their projects,

paper encourages students to leverage

establish a roadmap to completion and

their curiosity and creativity to pursue

have a little fun, too. These meetings

innovative solutions to complex issues.

are an invaluable experience for the

learning experiences provide context to the

Over the past year, Cameron’s Department

classroom, allowing students to understand

of Economics and Finance supported

how to behave in the professional sphere.

13 students in completing an honors


participants because they offer the chance to articulate complex arguments, learn to behave, organize an effective meeting and develop connections with professors.

It is through this experience, along with other applied learning experiences at the Cameron School of Business, that I developed into a formidable and curious individual. These opportunities are what set CSB apart from business schools across the country.

In addition to the Friday meetings, the

aimed to identify the relationship between

was RIDICULOUS.” The post garnished

professors encourage all honors students

the speeches delivered by the Federal

the attention of the econ community with

to apply to present their research at an

Open Market Committee (FOMC) speech

53 retweets and 393 likes. Dozens of

undergraduate research conference hosted

members and their monetary policy objects.

students, professors and Wall Street

by the Dallas Federal Reserve in April

Wade conducted independent research

analysts reached out via email and LinkedIn

each year. This year, all 13 students who

analyzing the impact of Federal Reserve

inquiring about his research. Even the

applied were accepted. This is no small

communications on the U.S. economy. This

coordinator of the University of Michigan’s

accomplishment, as the conference overall

topic is highly relevant today, given the high

Ph.D. program in economics reached out

has a less than 50% acceptance rate. In

level of attention paid by both policymakers

to discuss the role of machine learning in

addition to their participation as presenters

and financial markets to the Fed and their

economics and encouraged Wade to apply

at this year’s conference, May 2019

monetary policy actions. His research used

for their program.

graduates Garrett Wade and Caleb Kuhne

frontier methods in textual analysis to obtain

also presented at the conference in 2018,

quantitative variables of speeches made

representing UNCW’s Swain Center as

by members of the FOMC. Wade bridged

Economic Development Fellows. As a result,

the gap between multiple disciplines by

they were selected to serve on the peer

using these advanced natural language

review board for the conference. In this role,

processing methods to answer a relevant

they reviewed close to 100 submissions.

macroeconomic policy question. Ultimately,

Wade believes he and his peers produced extraordinarily competitive research. “It was clear to me as I was reviewing

he found that the FOMC has the ability to temper inflation volatility merely by speaking more about inflation in public speeches.

submissions that the papers produced by

This research offered and innovative

UNC Wilmington were by far more robust,

approach to an unsolved problem and was

articulate and insightful that those produced

very well received by the audience in Dallas.

by other top universities,” he said. “This was

After presenting his research, Wade was

undoubtedly a result of the support and

flooded with questions from the audience

effort we received from the economics and

and praise from many of his colleagues.

finance faculty.”

One professor from Baylor University in

The participants from UNCW examined a wide range of topics from merger and acquisition waves to predicting regional

attendance even posted Wade’s research to his 12,000 followers on Twitter. “Just watched definitely the best

Most undergraduate students do not get the opportunity to present complex topics to an inquisitive and challenging audience and defend their ideas in real time. However, since graduating, Wade has had to do this almost every day in his career as a technical consultant for nCino, a locally founded cloud-based bank operating system. “My experience with the honors research group allowed me to develop new skills such as computer programming, supporting complex arguments with scholarly research and public speaking,” Wade said. “Each of these skills is difficult to learn solely in a classroom environment, and has adequately prepared me for my professional career. It is through this experience, along with other applied learning experiences at the Cameron School of Business, that I developed into a formidable and curious individual. These

recessions. For Wade’s honors thesis, he

presentation of anyone I’ve ever seen at

opportunities are what set CSB apart from

completed a project titled “What the Fed

the undergraduate and master’s level, and

business schools across

Said: A Natural Language Processing

one of the best I’ve ever seen of any student

the country.”

Approach to FOMC Communications”

Ph.D. or otherwise, by an undergraduate at

under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Soques.

UNC Wilmington named Garrett Wade,”

This project spanned two years and

the post stated. “The research he shared


Preparing for

the Future by Richard J. Walsh Director, Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development

New Face at the Cameron School of Business

Richard J. Walsh Director of the Swain Center for Executive Education and Economic Development EDUCATION Northeastern University, Harvard University, University of Dayton, University of Augsburg STUDIES Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Business and Social Ethics WORK EXPERIENCE AT&T, GE, IBM, University of Dayton and the Center for Creative Leadership POSITIONS HELD VP of Human Resources, Global Director of Leadership, Executive Director of Executive Education, Associate Dean, Coaching Practice Leader, Portfolio Manager, Senior Faculty and Partner PUBLICATIONS Leadership; The New World of Work; Leading an Organization; Leading a Function; Developing Talent; Mentoring First-Time Managers; Executive Coaching; Designing High-Value Solutions PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS Married for over 30 years and raised two amazing children INTERESTS International travel, ice hockey, oil painting, design and spending time at the beach

Over the past 10 years, I’ve had opportunities to travel across the globe and work with incredible leaders. Over that time, I interviewed more than 100 leaders, asking how they anticipate trends, grow their business and deliver results. People often ask me, what advice can you share? How is leadership changing? Here are a few nuggets of advice from what I’ve learned.

Anticipate Trends Successful leaders are watching global trends: big data, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, cryptocurrencies, social changes, the environment, shifts in urban development and breakthroughs in STEM research. Business analytics are seen as critically important in understanding these trends. As changes emerge, leaders must better align vision and strategy with people, processes, systems and technology.

Grow “Bigger Minds” To have a big impact, leaders must think and communicate more broadly about their organization and encourage others to work more interdependently, connecting the different functions in a more cohesive and organic way. William Pasmore, professor at Columbia University and executive at CCL, refers to this as “growing bigger minds.” Many organizations are now equipping leaders to anticipate industry trends and disruptions while preparing future leaders to take on greater responsibilities.

Deliver Results Leaders must deliver business results. “It’s crucial to know your business well,” a technology director advised. “Learn how your organization creates value; strengthen your own business knowledge and financial acumen. Remain close to your customers and ensure a culture that fosters a spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, diverse thinking and collaboration.”

Seek Advisors A leader in financial services attributed her success to the guidance of trusted advisors. “Seek out others to give honest and direct feedback while providing you with sound advice,” she said. “Solicit feedback from multiple levels, different perspectives and from a wide range of key stakeholders. Leverage support from an executive coach while gaining insight from other leaders and from other industries.”

From the Desk of Dr. Adam Jones Cameron’s Regional Economist Fears or Desires: Forecasting the Future Adapt and Learn One healthcare leader spoke of the importance of adjusting quickly to social and economic changes. “We must encourage innovation while ensuring high-quality care and safety. Build resiliency to be at your best, and help others lead in the midst of business pressures and continuous change. If so, we will quickly adapt and learn.”

Push Your Own Thinking Over the past year, the Swain Center team experimented with new methods and cutting-edge experiences in leadership. We offered two unique experiences called “Leadership at Sea” and “Horse Leadership.” Both experiences offered high-value experiences in leading, building trust and influencing others. “At first, I was hesitant to work on the water or with horses, but I am so glad I attended these unique sessions,” one medical leader reflected. “I learned so much about my own leadership and how I can build trust in others, and work more effectively with others across our entire health system.”

What’s Next? We have spoken with an initial group of alumni, many of whom confirmed that they want to return to campus, connect with friends, prepare themselves for the future, and develop further as a leader. In 2020, the Swain Center will design and deliver a select number of high-value leadership experiences for our alumni. If you want to learn more, talk with a member of the Swain Center team or be part of this inaugural group of leaders, please visit www.uncw.edu/swain or contact swain@uncw.edu.

Successful companies, communities and individuals are intentional in their actions and make decisions based on an objective evaluation of opportunities and situations. Unfortunately, most of us struggle to think laterally without an outside stimulus. For example, have you ever lost your keys and looked in the same spot over and over only to find them after someone else suggests you check the pocket of your raincoat? It’s that nudge that helps us look at a problem from a different perspective. An example of this is that many in the Wilmington area believe the area is becoming a retirement community, and while there is some truth to this belief, it is not universally true. For example, New Hanover County and Wilmington do not match the myth. Since 2010, only seven percent of the population moving to Wilmington is aged 65 or over. “Well, it must be that people are moving here right before retirement…” Again, this group (aged 55-64) is only about seven percent of the population moving in. Most of those in migration are college-aged students and families. However, the story may well be different for other counties in the region. Nevertheless, we need to heed Jean de La Fontaine’s aphorism that “Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.” Easily believing in our fears leads us to be pessimistic about the economy as well; it’s easy to give credence to our fears that the next recession is right around the corner. In fact, surveys of economists have predicted a recession in the near future for many years. In October 2016 the Wall Street Journal ran an article stating that economists saw little chance of recession in 2016 but increasing chances in 2018 and 2019, but GDP growth has continued its march. “Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.” So how do we combat our tendencies to believe our fears or desires? Listen and consider others’ perspectives with different views, different fears and desires. A fear of recession leads one to latch onto the recent inversions of the yield curve as a sign of impending economic doom. While one should always worry when they hear “this time is different,” there are reasonable arguments that the yield curve may not be as strong a predictor as in the past. Following the recession, the Fed purchases trillions of dollars of securities (nearly quadrupling its balance sheet) and depressing long-term interest rates, thus narrowing the term spread and increasing the chances of a yield curve inversion. Further, the Fed is more focused on the limits of monetary policy, such as the effective lower bound on interest rates, and appears more prepared to step in earlier than in the past. In a time of such economic, political and global uncertainty, how do you do an objective analysis? Keep reading, keep asking and keep testing your thinking and you’ll be able to sort out the facts from the myths.


On the Path to a Career in Finance CSB students have no shortage of unique

currently an investment banker. For the last

interview preparation with a Wall Street

learning opportunities available to them

two years, Bomar has returned to Cameron

recruiting firm, and dedicated mentorship

Cameron’s faculty provides exceptional

as a Business Week presenter, and he

and coaching from Bomar and Hall. This

support to students outside of the

is presently a member of the Economics

is in addition to significantly reduced travel

classroom through advising and mentorship,

and Finance Department Advisory Board.

expenses to facilitate participation in the

introductions and exposure to business

Last year, he developed the “Open a Door

trip. Each year, scholarship recipients will be

professionals and their workplaces, and

Travel Scholarship” and recruited fellow

selected from the finance students who will

assistance in the coordination of large

Cameron alumnus Bren Hall to help co-lead

be attending the New York Experience trip.

annual events specifically designed to aid

the program. The scholarship is designed

in student success in their post-graduate

to provide networking and professional

careers. Occasionally, these experiences

development opportunities, as well as offset

are significantly enhanced by Cameron

the cost of Cameron’s annual New York

alumni who generously invest in CSB’s

Experience trip conducted during UNCW’s

current students.

winter break.

institutions. I can say with confidence the

CSB alumnus Derek Bomar ’08 is

Students who attend the New York

business school’s leadership, is high-quality

committed to Cameron’s students. He

Experience trip typically conduct six visits

and incredibly dedicated to the development

received his bachelor’s degree in accounting

at premier financial institutions such as

of students as future business leaders,”

from UNCW’s Cameron School of Business

the New York Federal Reserve Bank,

Bomar said. “I have also been impressed by

in 2008 and his master of science in

Bloomberg, Moody’s, and in 2018, for

the caliber of CSB students I’ve interacted

accountancy from Wake Forest University

the first time, Goldman Sachs. The three

with. The scholarship is intended to provide

in 2009. His post-university professional

students who were awarded an Open

additional momentum, including financial

activities began at PricewaterhouseCoopers,

a Door Travel Scholarship in 2018 also

assistance, for those hoping to break into

and in 2015, he joined Goldman Sachs as a

enjoyed a networking lunch with a Wall

Wall Street or NYC generally—arguably

Vice President in New York City where he is

Street executive, one-on-one résumé and

the most competitive career market in the


“Through my academic journey and professional career, I have been exposed to a broad range of distinguished schools and academic communities, including Ivy League community of CSB professors, including the

Students prepare for a full day in New York City.

Bren and I want the CSB community, especially the aspiring students, to know they have family here in NYC and that family is here to help open doors for them. We want them to dream big and know that anything is possible.

world. Bren and I want the CSB community,

A truly outstanding and committed student,

in Finance and Investment Management

especially the aspiring students, to know

Savarino also successfully passed his CFA

program. Currently there are four faculty

they have family here in NYC and that family

Level I exam, which required significant

members with the CFA designation. Through

is here to help open doors for them. We

study prior to sitting for the six-hour test.

these relationships, Cameron can offers 20

want them to dream big and know that

William Sackley, CSB faculty member,

scholarships annually.

anything is possible.”

advised Savarino to study 400 hours.

Last December, CSB senior Agustin Savarino was given the opportunity to

Savarino responded by studying 550 hours. “That’s the level of commitment Agustin

With the assistance of committed alumni like Mr. Bomar, motivated students have even more opportunities to receive support, both

participate in the trip and received additional

applies to all of his activities,” Sackley noted.

monetarily and in the nature of guidance

council and support from Bomar as one

Globally, the pass rate for the Level I exam

and counsel, from fellow Seahawks who

of the first recipients of the scholarship.

in 2018 was 43%. This accomplishment

have previously been in their position. This

As an international student having never

puts Savarino in an elite group of students,

support continues to contribute to the great

traveled to New York, but hoping to pursue

especially given the other demands on his

successes of our Cameron graduates.

a future finance career in the city, the kind

time as UNCW tennis team captain.

of exposure he received provided a clearer picture of his potential career path. “The New York trip was definitely one of the best experiences of my undergraduate career,” Savarino said. “It was a great transition from the classroom into the workforce, and it opened many doors that ultimately made it possible for me to land a job in the city.” Annie Edmonston and Will Lassiter also received Open a Door Travel Scholarships last year.

Each year, in conjunction with the

Savarino also applied for and received a CFA

New York Experience Trip, a CSB

scholarship award, which reduced the cost

alumni mixer is held in the city. This

of the exam registration fee by nearly $1,000. The Cameron School of Business has joined

year’s mixer will be on December 16 at the Beer Authority. Are you a CSB

the Institute’s University Recognition Program

alum living or working in the NYC

through aligning 70% of the undergraduate

area? Mark your calendar and join us

curriculum with concentrations in finance

for the event!

to the curriculum of the Chartered Financial Analyst program. CSB has done the same for the curriculum in the Master of Science


Cameron’s 2019 Outstanding


financial guru, a real estate expert and a leading executive for Southern Bank and Trust were presented with the 2019 Cameron School of Business Outstanding Alumni Awards during the 37th annual Business Week, sponsored by the UNCW Cameron School of Business. The recipients joined alumni, faculty, staff and students for a recognition breakfast on March 27. This year’s recipients are Howell Graham ’85; Judy Lynn ’89; and David Wallace ’77. Described as a “shining example of what a UNCW graduate should be” by retired faculty member Denis Carter, Howell Graham is a full partner in the Joseph Robb Real Estate Appraisal Firm. He served as treasurer of the Wilmington Mortgage Bankers Association and was voted 2003 Mortgage Bankers Affiliate of the Year. Graham commends UNCW for having small class sizes and offering plenty of individual attention. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he said of his undergraduate experience. Graham was the first cystic fibrosis patient to receive a double-lung transplant in the Southeast and is believed to be the longest surviving patient of double-lung surgery in the world. He will mark the 29th anniversary of his transplant in October 2019. “I get contacted by people from all over the world about my transplant,” he said. “I try to help

people through that because I would’ve given anything to have been able to reach out to someone.” An advocate for organ donation, he is committed to educating the community about the critical need for donors. He has consulted with UNCW professor Daniel Baden on his MARBIONC research exploring the benefits of red tide on the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Graham currently serves as a member of the Carolina Organ Procurement Association. Raleigh native Judy Lynn credits the UNCW Career Center for aiding her professional development and exposing her to companies that were interested in hiring UNCW graduates. She also credits UNCW for giving her “variety” when it came to her courses, and her mother for embodying “balance” when it came to being a mom and having a career. Lynn began her career in financial services 30 years ago by entering into the commercial Bank Management Program, which is now Bank of America. She also graduated from the N.C. School of Banking, as well as the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She is now the executive vice president and chief credit officer for Southern Bank and Trust Company, a $2.6 billion community bank.


When asked about lessons learned and risks taken, she said, “I think the regret I would have had would have been the risks I didn’t take.” Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics, David Wallace has seen the “booms and the busts” of the technology industry firsthand. He currently works as the global financial services marketing manager for leading software analytics company SAS. UNCW had just 3,300 students when he left to earn his MBA from East Carolina University, which he did in 16 months. “UNCW taught me to think critically and logically, preparing me quite well for the MBA program,” he said. Wallace is an active alumnus and member of both the Clocktower Society and the UNCW Society. He and his brother, Stephen C. Wallace ’80, established the Slim and Edith Wallace Scholarship in Business in honor of their parents, who both held a deep belief in the importance and value of higher education. Wallace stressed honesty as a guiding principle to live by. “I always say, if I made a mistake, I’ll make it right.” Mary Ann Fearing ’19


Farewell to: Bob Keating After 34 years at UNCW and the Cameron School of Business, Bob Keating retired in May 2019. He joined the faculty in 1985 after attending Kent State University, and completed his Doctorate of Business Administration in 1987. As part of the Management and Marketing department, he initially taught strategic management and principles of management. Eventually Dr. Keating started teaching international business courses and, with the start of the TABSA program, these courses became part of the international business and management and leadership concentrations.

In 1989, Keating applied for the Fulbright

Research focuses over the years have

scholarship and was accepted to work

included strategic planning, emotional

at the University of West Indies Mona in

intelligence and leadership. Dr. Keating

Kingston, Jamaica. After arriving, Dr. Keating

served as department chair for four years

was asked to convert their educational

and was instrumental in developing the

system from yearlong systems to semester

management and leadership concentration

systems. In addition to teaching there, he developed semester-long curriculums in information systems, human resource management and marketing. His interest in international programs grew and he made connections at the University of Newcastle in Australia in 1994. In the summer of 1995 he was the first UNCW faculty member to take students abroad to Australia. He then visited again in 2000 with 48 students and established the University of Wollongong

as well as the development of the “Leadership and Organizational Change” course, a key part of the curriculum. Dr. Martha Andrews, chair of Cameron’s Department of Management has many fond memories of her time working with Bob. “Dr. Keating has been a vital part of the Department of Management here in the Cameron School of Business and UNCW. He will be missed!”

as a host university. Since then, Dr. Keating has participated in seven study abroad programs in Wollongong.

and Pam Evers Professor Pamela Evers joined the faculty of the Department of Accountancy and Business Law in the fall semester of 2001 as an assistant professor of business law, was promoted to associate professor in 2005, and ended her service to the university at the end of spring semester 2019 after completing three years of phased retirement. Throughout her 17 years of service to UNCW, Professor Evers was able to draw on a wide range of educational and professional experiences that informed her research and teaching.

A graduate of Kansas State University,

During her tenure at UNCW, Professor

Professor Evers holds an MBA degree from

Evers provided a wide range of courses

Emory University, a J.D. from Southern

and was a passionate advocate for military

Methodist University and an LL.M. in

and veteran students. She primarily taught

environmental law from the Northwestern

the “Legal Environment of Business”

School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.

course and was the first faculty member to

She also served as a lieutenant in the United

develop the course for online delivery. She

States Navy and worked as a Fulbright

also developed and delivered courses on

Senior Specialist on intellectual property

legal issues in film and entertainment law,

rights in Malta. The Hague Academy of

international law and environmental law.

International law awarded Professor Evers

Later in her UNCW career, Professor Evers

a certificate in Public International Law. In

taught the Cameron School’s international

addition to her academic and professional

business course online and received the

journal articles, Professor Evers is a coauthor

Discere Aude Award for Outstanding

of Contingent Environmental Liabilities:

Student Mentoring in fall 2014. She was

Disclosures and Accounting, a component

admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar

of the BNA tax and accounting portfolio.

in 2017. We wish Pam well as she pursues her law practice and many outside interests in her new home in Texas!


FACULTY UPDATES: Tom Downen Promoted to Associate Professor, Accounting

Tom Downen spent most of his life living in the southwest U.S., including earning his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University, specializing in financial accounting and managerial accounting. He was a faculty member at two other schools prior, but has really enjoyed his colleagues and the environment since coming to UNCW in 2015. He and his wife Becky, an adjunct instructor at UNCW, love sporting activities and living at the beach.

Adam Jones Promoted to Department Chair, Economics and Finance

Prior to pursing his Ph.D. in economics, Adam Jones was the Director of Economic Development with the Covington/ Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, GA. His responsibilities included business recruitment, retention and expansion of existing businesses and public policy development. While attending graduate school at the University of Georgia, Dr. Jones assisted the Carl Vinson Institute of Government with various economic impact studies and other economic development policy consultation projects. In addition to his role as Department Chair, Dr. Jones serves as the Regional Economist for the Swain Center.

Thom Porter Resumed Position as Associate Professor of Marketing

Thom Porter has been at UNCW for 20 years. During that time he has served in just about every role that a faculty member can, including associate dean, department chair, graduate program director, Director of the Swain Center and international liaison. While serving as associate dean, Thom lead the effort to establish its online graduate programs. Cameron would like to thank Thom for his work as associate dean. He did great work, provided timely counsel, and worked tirelessly to operationalize new online programs.

Nivine Richie Promoted to Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and External Programs

Nivine Richie most recently served as the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance and professor of finance. She joined the faculty at UNCW in 2007 where she has taught

FACULTY ADDITIONS: courses in investment analysis, derivatives, fixed income and research methods. Her research interests include cost of capital, banking and derivatives. She has published studies in the Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Review of Futures Markets, and Journal of Trading, among others. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Richie was a mortgage-backed securities trader for a regional dealer bank in South Florida.

Ethan Watson Promoted to Associate Professor, Finance

Ethan Watson joined the Cameron School faculty in 2013. Professor Watson has several teaching interests including principles of finance, investments, health care finance and financial statement analysis. His research interests are in the areas of market microstructure and institutional investing. He is particularly interested in how information is incorporated into markets. Dr. Watson has five years of corporate experience from working at the Medical College of Georgia and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Joe Betts Lecturer, Business Law

Joe Betts received his bachelor’s in political science at UNCW in 1996. He then received his master’s in accountancy at UNCW in 1997. Joe also attended UNC School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 2000. He teaches accounting and business law.

Brandon Brice Lecturer, Economics

Brandon Brice joined the Cameron School faculty in fall 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in economics at Florida State University. Brandon has a passion for interactive and discussionbased learning, and has won several teaching awards while instructing economic development and principles courses. His research interests are in institutions and development, law and economics and economic education.

Gretchen Casterella Associate Professor, Accounting

Gretchen Casterella earned her Ph.D. in information systems from the University

of Colorado, and was a faculty member at the University of Auckland and Colorado State University before joining the Cameron School of Business at UNCW in 2018. Gretchen’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of accounting information systems, ethical decisionmaking, data modeling and information retrieval. Her favorite pastime is going for long leisurely walks on Kure Beach with her husband and two sons.

Miran Hossain Assistant Professor, Finance

Miran Hossain is an assistant professor of finance in the economics and finance department. He joined the Cameron School of Business in 2018 after completing his Ph.D. in finance at Florida Atlantic University. His teaching interests include principles of finance, corporate finance and equity valuation. His research falls under the broad umbrella of empirical corporate finance with particular interest in corporate governance, mergers and dividend policy.

Aruna Lakshmanan Lecturer, Business Analytics

Aruna comes from a statistics background with master’s and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University. She has experience working at a Fortune 500 company, applying statistics in areas ranging from marketing to research and development. She currently teaches two courses.

Xaver Neumeyer Assistant Professor, Management

Xaver Neumeyer teaches entrepreneurship as well as managing technology and innovation. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and was a participant of University of Florida’s postdoctoral bridge program. His research interests include entrepreneurial ecosystems, ventures and teams. His work has been published in journals including the Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and the Journal of Cleaner Production and he is a recipient of AOM’s Entrepreneurship Practice award.


Manoj Vanajakumari

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Associate Professor, Business Analytics

Jenny Parlier is a North Carolina native who spent 13 years as an external auditor in the Charlotte area before leaving her job to pursue teaching at UNC Charlotte. She decided to change careers, going back to school and earning her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. In her spare time, Dr. Parlier enjoys traveling both in the U.S. and abroad. In particular, she enjoys traveling to areas that offer breweries and baseball.

Greg Putnam Lecturer, Finance

Greg Putnam, CFA is a lecturer in the Department of Economics and Finance. He received his M.A. from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining UNCW, he taught in the Department of Finance at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. His industry background includes 20 years of experience as a portfolio manager, economist and investment research analyst.

Ursula Ramsey Assistant Professor, Business Law

Ursula Ramsey joined the Department of Accountancy and Business Law in 2018. She received her B.A. from Furman University and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Cameron faculty, Ramsey worked as inhouse counsel.

Rebecca Scott Assistant Professor, Business Analytics

Rebecca Scott received her B.B.A. in international marketing and her M.S. in finance from Texas A&M University, and she received her graduate certificate and her M.B.A. in logistics and supply chain management as well as her Ph.D. in logistics systems from the University of North Texas. She has more than 15 years of logistics, supply chain and operations management experience.

Manoj Vanajakumari received his Ph.D. in Management Science from The University of Texas at Dallas. He joined the Congdon School of Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Information Systems in 2018. Dr. Vanajakumari teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in business analytics. His research interests are in the areas of production planning and control, data analytics and humanitarian logistics.

Shaoling Katee Zhang Assistant Professor, Marketing

Katee Zhang’s research is focused on the intersection of e-commerce and innovation, with an emphasis on exploring emerging digital marketing and innovation phenomena. Her research has been published or is under review at national conferences and journals including Journal of Product Innovation and Management, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, as well as Management Decision. Her primary teaching responsibilities include digital marketing and principles of marketing.

Megan Canny Administrative Associate, Management

Megan Canny is a proud UNCW Alumna! She has been working in the Dean’s Suite for the past several months, and prior to that, she worked at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys sports, travelling, and spending time with family and her dogs.

Nicole Carabelli Administrative Associate, Economics and Finance

Nicole Carabelli comes from CT where she worked in administrative roles in the private sector. She enjoys the beach and spending time with her family.

Barbara Hoppe Business Manager, Graduate Program Operations

Barbara Hoppe is a part of the CSB Business Operations team and manages graduate programs budgets, the Academic Partnerships and Differential fund and the Off-Formula funds. Barbara is a Class of 2019 MBA candidate.

Amy Orman Executive Assistant to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

Amy Orman ’91 recently relocated to Wilmington from Alamance County. She has spent the last 4 ½ years at UNC Chapel Hill in various roles within the facilities department. Amy loves spending time with her family, running and enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs. She is also a proud UNCW Cameron School of Business alumna!

Jennifer Sahl Administrative Associate, Accounting and Business Law

Jennifer Sahl is originally from Colorado and moved to NC in 2016. She went to school for nursing but is now enrolled at UNCW to take classes in business. She enjoys outdoor activities and going to the mountains and the beach.

Richard Walsh Director, Swain Center for Executive Education

Richard Walsh has more than 20 years of industry experience providing advanced expertise in leadership solutions, organizational transformation and executive coaching. Richard holds a B.S. in human resource management from Northeastern University, an MBA in international marketing from the University of Dayton and a master’s certificate in business and social ethics from Harvard University. See page 12 for more.


Cameron School of Business

Rankings The Cameron School of Business is recognized by major publications and organizations for its innovative, high-quality programs year after year.


U.S. News and World Report 2020 list of Best Graduate Schools in the nation (Professional MBA)


Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools 2019 Poets & Quants Best Undergraduate Business Schools U.S. News and World Report 2019 list of Best Graduate Schools in the Nation Tier-One School on CEO Magazine’s 2019 Global MBA Programs (Professional MBA) #5 on Top 30 Affordable Executive MBA Online with Specializations List (The Best Master’s Degrees) #5 on Guide to Online Schools’ Best Online Colleges in North Carolina #14 on CEO Magazine’s 2019 Global MBA Programs (Online MBA) #22 on CEO Magazine’s 2019 Global MBA Programs (Online Executive MBA) #24 on Study.com’s 2019 Top 50 MBA Schools #44 on Study.com’s 2019 Top 50 Accounting Schools #113 on TFE Times’ 2019 Best MBA Programs


#137 on TFE Times’ 2019 Best Masters of Accounting Programs

Berkeley Business Law Journal

The Tax Advisor

Journal of Health Economics

Journal of Economic Dynamics

Contemporary Accounting Research

Finance and Economics

Accounting and Business Law

Tourism Management

Notable Publications BY D EPART MENT

Computers in Biology and Medicine

Frontiers of Engineering Management

Marketing Intelligence and Planning Journal of Information and Operations Management Education

Journal of Marketing Theory

Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management


Journal for Advancement of Marketing

Management Research Policy

The Journal of Technology Transfer Journal of Business Venturing



Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage


Wilmington, NC Permit No. 444


$10, 000 faculty LEE

DHG and EY Continue Funding for

Faculty Fellowships KERLER


A selection committee comprising of senior faculty in the Department of Accountancy and Business Law met in June 2019 to review a strong field of candidates for faculty fellowships funded by two professional service firms, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP (DHG) and Ernst & Young (EY). Faculty fellows are appointed for three-year terms and receive an annual stipend of $10,000. These awards recognize notable contributions to the research, teaching and service missions of the accountancy program and help the Cameron School reward and retain top-quality faculty. Based on the recommendation of the selection committee, Dean Rob Burrus approved the appointment of three faculty fellows for terms beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Bill Kerler, associate professor and undergraduate coordinator for accountancy, was named a DHG Faculty Fellow. Dr. Lorraine Lee, associate professor and MSA program director, was also named a DHG Faculty Fellow. Dr. Allison Evans, associate professor and MSA internship director, was selected as the EY Faculty Fellow. The Cameron School of Business and the Department of Accountancy and Business Law want to thank DHG and EY for their continued generosity and acknowledge their role in helping us maintain our excellent faculty.

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Cameron Insider 2019  

The alumni magazine of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Cameron Insider 2019  

The alumni magazine of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.